Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) blasted Donald Trump for releasing a series of extreme demands that threaten the deal to protect DREAMERS.
According to The Washington Post, “The administration’s wish-list includes the funding of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a crackdown on the influx of Central American minors and curbs on federal grants to sanctuary cities, according to a document distributed to Congress and obtained by The Washington Post.”
Schumer and Pelosi responded:
The Administration can’t be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans.
We told the President at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures alongside the DREAM Act, but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable. This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise.
The list includes the wall, which was explicitly ruled out of the negotiations. If the President was serious about protecting the Dreamers, his staff has not made a good faith effort to do so.
The Trump immigration list of demands is yet another ploy to appeal to his base. There is no way that Democrats will ever agree to the wall. The other demands that Trump made are never going to get Democratic support. The President thinks that bipartisanship means that Democrats give him everything he wants his way.
The White House doesn’t understand compromise. They think governing is The Art Of The Deal. Trump believes that DREAMERS are leverage. He has tried this failed strategy on numerous occasions and has failed each time.
It is not breaking news that Trump lies. The President was never going to make a deal to protect DREAMERS, which means that it will be up to Democrats to stop Trump’s efforts to deport innocent immigrants.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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